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Car Mechanics September 2020

Car Mechanics is the UK's only car magazine with essential advice on maintaining and repairing popular makes and models. It’s an invaluable motoring resource that appeals to both the DIY car enthusiast and the more experienced motor trade professional. Car Mechanics has helped save money for our readers every month since 1958. Each issue includes a wide range of in-depth features written in a clear, straightforward manner: • Readers’ motoring-related problems answered for FREE • Real-life motoring dilemmas from our man in the garage trade • Electronic diagnostics delves inside a different modern vehicle each month to explain its management system • Survival Guide looks at new and used component prices for a particular vehicle • Used Car Focus is an in-depth buying guide on a specific make and model • Service Bay covers a full service with close-up images and comprehensive descriptions • Project cars are a major part of the structure of the magazine as we buy, fix and sell different vehicles over a period of months So if you're into saving money and being a home technician, Car Mechanics will help you out - guaranteed!

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kelsey Publishing Group
Frequency:
Monthly

in this issue

1 min.
all change

Email martyn.knowles@kelsey.co.uk Follow us on Facebook @ Car Mechanics The past few months have been difficult for all of us – our daily lives have been turned upside down during the restrictive conditions we are having to operate under. Consequently, magazine sales have been disrupted during lockdown with the high street mostly shut. We had a poor March and April sales situation, whilst advertising revenue dropped away. The current publisher decided to review its portfolio of magazines and some were earmarked for closure or to be sold (if a buyer was found). CM was part of this review. Fortunately, Kelsey Media was in a position to bid on CM and takes control from this issue. If you’re a regular CM reader, you may remember that Kelsey Publishing Ltd produced the title from 1992 to…

2 min.
french smoker

I’ve made it known before that I like old French metal – anything from to the 1970s onwards really. Fondness for the Laguna stems from liking my father’s Laguna Mk1 2.0 auto he had in 1996. The Laguna II still (to me) looks great today, so when a 3.0 V6 24v Initiale arrived at BCA Paddock Wood with just 70,000 miles on the clock and two owners in 16 years, I took notice. I bought it blind, which meant I went just by the auction description and six viewable pictures. Standard features included sat-nav, climate, electric sunroof, Xenon headlights and decent service and MOT history. It was early November 2019 when I paid £175 hammer price. The auction fees were nearly that again, so a £350 runner with 9 months MOT…

1 min.
10-year tyre life

Tyres aged 10 years or older will be banned from the road to help improve road safety. For lorries, buses and coaches on roads in England, Scotland and Wales it will be illegal to fit tyres aged over 10 years to the front wheels – and all wheels of a minibus. Secondary legislation will be laid in the autumn and this ban will also apply to re-treaded tyres. The date of re-treading will also have to be marked on the tyre. I guess it makes sense as tyres do degrade over time due to UV light exposure and heat cycles. Do we need the same rules applied to cars and LCV?…

18 min.
wheel bearings

As wheel bearings tend to be hidden by other components, most mechanically-minded owners and drivers take them for granted, until an MOT tester advises of excessive play, or notices a tell-tale rumbling. While permitting the road wheel to rotate smoothly is an obvious function, a seized bearing can either cause the wheel to lock-up or, possibly, detach. In many cases, wheel bearings’ vital safety roles are enhanced, by becoming integrated with the anti-lockbraking and stability control systems. Like virtually every other motorcar component, therefore, wheel bearing development has not stood still. In many cases, this has complicated the renewal procedure to the extent that you need special knowledge and tools before attempting a repair. To find out exactly how modern vehicles differ, we have partnered with the aftermarket division of Schaeffler. This…

1 min.
top 10 bearing replacement tips

► Research your vehicle’s bearing specifications and any installation instructions, before starting work ► Buy, or rent, any special tools and be familiar with their operation. ► Take bearings from their packaging only when you are about to install them. ► Read any supplied instructions with your bearing kit and tools. ► A magnetic encoder within a bearing can be damaged by being dropped, exposed to a magnet, or laid-down on its encoder side. FAG recommends its encoder card (as pictured on page 12.) ► Renew any bearing that you drop accidentally. ► Use all accessories, supplied in the wheel bearing kit. ► Replace the steering knuckle, if you notice deep scores, possible deformation, or any abnormality that risks the bearing being able to move in its seat. ► Never apply sudden forces during installation, such as subjecting…

1 min.
non-oe alternatives

Cheap and low-quality bearings are rife. Therefore, prioritise bearings that are at least to the same standard as those used by the car manufacturer, as denoted by the term, ‘OE Quality’. You do not need to visit a main dealer parts counter for this but to use a well-recognised and respected brand, sourced from a quality supplier. You can also research quality bearing alternatives that have been redesigned to facilitate DIY replacement. This might mean that you do not need to obtain special tools to replace certain Generation 2 bearings. MEYLE’s MEYLE-kit, for example, offers an alternative to certain Generation 1 and 2 bearings, where a hub/flange is supplied pre-assembled with the bearing, so you do not have to separate the old parts and press the original flange into the new…